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Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial

I’m posting the free tutorial for how to make sewn fabric teabags for loose tea by request. Jessica Mullen wrote: “I saw your beautiful photos from the tea party and I have a quick question. I was wondering how you made the tea bags for the make your own tea take home favors. I would love to do this for a baby shower I am throwing in 2 weeks. Any other ideas to make a baby shower more special using the tea theme? I love your ideas!!”

Thanks, Jessica! Here’s how to make sewn fabric teabags for loose tea. My friend Heather came up with this idea for our Upper Crust Social Club Ladies’ Late-Night Tea Party and I liked it so much that I decided to make a gold sewn tea bags variation for my mom as a DIY gift. So we’ve provided two free templates below, or you can easily make your own custom labels for your own teabags.

Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial


Supplies for handsewn fabric teabags:

Supplies for packaging:

:: For Making Your Own Tea Bags ::

Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial

First, cut your sheer fabric into 3″ x 2.5″ rectangles using your self-healing mat, rotary cutter and clear plastic ruler OR good fabric scissors. Pin the rectangles together in pairs.

Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial

Machine sew around three sides of the teabag using white thread, leaving about 1/4 inch on the sides. I love the raw edges of the teabag, so embrace any fraying.

Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial

Thread your handsewing needle with thick, black thread, or use colored embroidery floss. Weave your needle in and out of the front side of the teabag and then around the back side of the teabag, leaving long extra thread pieces on both front and back. Be sure to avoid sewing the top of the tea bag shut. No need to tie any knots on this step.

Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial

Print and cut out your tea labels using one of the two free templates provided, or making your own in Adobe Illustrator or PowerPoint. Fold them in half and place a dot of Elmer’s glue on one end …a little goes a long way. Place the teabag string ends on the glue and close to seal.

Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial

Create a “loose tea bar” using clear cups and other assorted small bowls. Fill your teabag with loose teas (my favorites including Blood Orange Tea are from Adagio Teas …check them out. You can get free shipping with a $50 purchase).

:: For packaging ::

Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial

Buy clear plastic treat bags to put in a tea bag. Seal using pretty stickers, or make your own custom stickers like we did by buying 8 1/2″ x 11″ white printer sticker sheets and creating your own label in Adobe Illustrator or Powerpoint.

Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial

Provide white paper bags with a handle and Chinese noodle take-out boxes for people to carry their goodies home. Relax and unwind!

Make and sew teabags for loose tea for tea parties and DIY gifts free tea bags project tutorial

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use free pattern and how t0 step-by-step tutorial for your own personal use. Contact me for any commercial use – this includes etsy sellers.

Please post a comment if you use this project and let me know how it works for you. And you can post your photos to our “I made it!” flickr photo group. Craft and pass it on!

 
 




29 Responses to “Handsewn fabric tea bags for loose tea favors”


  1. Darlene Donnelly Says:

    We are hosting a baby shower and loved this idea for our tea party theme. However we didn’t like the idea of loose threads floating in our tea. I made the bags 3 1/2 X 2 1/2 and turned the raw edges inside. I also turned the top open edge 1/2 inch inside the bag then sewed the floss.
    Our ‘test’ tea bag worked great with no floating threads. I found some adorable baby buttons from “Dress It Up’ buttons and knotted them on the floss ends instead of cardboard tags. They look so cool!!

  2. alessandra Says:

    Hi, I love your idea!
    I posted your link on my blog

    http://ricominciodalte.blogspot.it/

    Ciao

  3. Siona Says:

    You are linked in http://laboresenred.blogspot.com
    ¡thanks!

  4. Love Sparkle Pretty Says:

    Thank you so much for this great idea! I Love this!!! I have posted it on my blog with a link to your site :)

  5. Jessica Says:

    love this idea! Would like to blog about it sometime. Will be sure to post a link to your site. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Claire Palmer Says:

    Hi, this idea is just what I was looking for! Getting married next year and having a vintage English tea party wedding so I’ll make the tea bags this summer and fill them with fresh tea nearer the wedding day! Should make the reception room smell wonderful!
    Thanks so much x

  7. 8/20/10 Says:

    I *LOVE* this idea! I’ve never seen anything like this and it will be a perfect addition to our wedding reception!

    Thank you!

  8. Anna Delight Says:

    I am definately using this idea for my upcoming wedding! I’m getting married in less than a month and we have tried in so many ways to do things in a very “home made” style. This is perfect for that! And it means we can still use our favorite loose leaf teas from T2!!! Thanks for such a great idea. Youre my hero!!

  9. Jennifer Hamelin Says:

    SOOOO cute! What a great idea. Im so glad I discovered your blog (thanks to Google Reader!)

    Keep crafting & inspiring :)

  10. Nicole-Lynn Says:

    Perfect for a bridal tea party or a cute hostess gift in a cute ceramic mug! I made another kind for V-day and they were a huge hit.

  11. Heather Says:

    Kathy, the teabags for your mom turned out just beautifully. Well done. Great post!


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